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Saturday, Nov 25, 2006 from San Luis Obispo, California
Posted: Nov 25, 2006 | 302 words | 3 Comments
The group found a place in Paso Robles for some appetizers (including turkey nuts) after leaving the wineries. From there we wandered over to a small park in Paso Robles where hundreds of people were gathered to light the trees with Christmas lights. All of a sudden a couple things hit me. 1) Wow! It’s Christmas time already? And 2) Awww there’s no snow. I realized that I might not get much of that Christmas spirit when I’m traveling every few days this year. It’s going to come up pretty fast! And I’m a little worried because I’m still not exactly sure where I’m going to be or who I’m going to be spending Christmas with. But it’ll come together. It’s definitely going to be a different experience for Christmas on this trip. My next thought was a bit of a struggle. How do these people celebrate Christmas without snow?!?! Being in Michigan I’m spoiled with snow. And Christmas is this holiday that celebrates with snowmen, snowflakes, hot chocolate, and everything else, when only Â¬Âº of the country has snow on Christmas day. Growing up with snow it’s very hard to imagine Christmas without it.
I learned something though. Throw in some Christmas music, some happy children, a happy family, a few candles, and everyone gets into the spirit. We drove down Vine Street, which is known for extensive lights and decorations. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a community even like this, where everyone comes out, sings together, brings the kids, and celebrates the beginning of the holidays. It’s a real treat to see the kids. Elise, Blair, and Margo were having a blast. It was great to see their father Greg dancing with them and listening to everyone sing. So the verdict is… who needs snow?
Comment by Nicole
From Lansing, MI
I need snow. No matter what. Like you said, growing up in Michigan. Snow and Christmas is just something that goes hand in hand.
Comment by Janell Kebler
From Ovid, MI
Here in Michigan there are a few towns that gather like the one that you recently visited. In Grand Ledge and Laingsburg they have chili cook-offs followed by a nighttime Christmas parade and nighttime downtown shopping for the families. It's quiet a "coming together" atmosphere.
Comment by mom
From baraga, MI
sounds pretty much like a perfect start to the Christmas season. I think I might like to try having 70 degrees for december! However, you are right, I have a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit without snow. In fact my favorite time to bake Christmas goodies and decorate the house is when there is a blizzard raging outside. It inspires me!